Ready for ALL NEW Animal Encounters?
This Spring and Summer, watch our experienced Keepers during special animal encounters, where they walk you through fun animal facts and conservation tips!
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Explore unbelievable encounters with the family.
Get to know more about endangered species and their habitats!
Joe sloth
10:00AM Daily
Don’t walk; run! You don’t want to miss the visit with the ARC’s slowly mobile mammal as he comes down from the trees for a snack and a closeup.
11:00am Daily
Our resident river otters Clayton, Reed and Pascal are ambassadors for clean water! Did you know otters were extinct in Tennessee just a few decades ago? At our Otter Encounter, you can learn how to help protect otter habitats.
Great Apes
1:00pm Daily
Teenage gorillas and a toddler chimpanzee; talk with the Great Ape caretakers to see how life with these three compare to raising your own troop! And learn how simply recycling your electronics can protect them.
lions or baboons
2:00pm Daily
Lions: Magi and Anga lions are learning how to participate in their own healthcare, and you can have a front row view for a training session with their caretakers.
Baboons: It’s never too soon for baboons! At our encounter session you can have an intimate view of these intelligent and powerful apes as they interact with their caretakers.
Asian Trek:
Tigers, Langurs or Gibbons
3:00pm Daily
Tigers: Meet Malayan tigers Tahan and Batari in the Tiger Temple Encounter area to appreciate the magnificence of some of the rarest tigers on Earth. Hear how we’re working to ensure a future for this species!
Langurs: Always curious and on the climb, visit the Langur Encounter to meet the family.
Gibbons: An encounter with the high-flying aerial acrobat Georgie is always exciting!   Visit the Gibbon Encounter two stories up to meet Georgie or Malay.
Cuban Crocodiles
2:30 on Sundays
It’s time to feed the crocs! Miguel and Rose are ready to impress with their lunchtime etiquette. Meet these critically endangered crocodiles and learn about their athletic prowess.
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